Birds of SLOBG

Birds of the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden
and the surrounding El Chorro Regional Park

Based on an original Ornithological Survey by Torrey Edell, November 28, 2007 (with recent additions in 2013). This list is far from complete, please let us know if you sight any new additions at info@slobg.org. Happy birding!

Click SLOBG Bird checklist 8-25-2013 to download a PDF version to bring with you!

Community Abbreviations:
AP=Anthropogenic
CLOW= Coast Live Oak Woodland
CP= Cosmopolitan
CS= Coast Scrub
DT= Disturbed
GL= Grassland
RC= Riparian Corridor
RO= Rocky Outcroppings

New World Quail (Odontophoridae)
California quail Callipepla californica CS, RC, CLOW
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Partridges & Turkeys (Phasianidae)
Wild turkey Meleagris gallopavo GL
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Bitterns, Herons, & Allies (Ardeidae)
Great blue heron Ardea herodias RC, GL
Great egret Ardea alba RC, GL
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New World Vultures (Cathartidae)
Turkey vulture Cathartes aura CP
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Hawks, Kites, Eagles & Allies (Accipitridae)
White-tailed kite Elanus leucurus GL
Northern harrier Circus cyaneus GL
Cooper’s hawk Accipiter cooperii GL
Red-shouldered hawk Bueto lineatus GL
Red-tailed hawk Bueto jamaicensis GL
Golden eagle Aquila chrysaetos GL
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Caracaras & Falcons (Falconidae)
American kestrel Falco sparverius GL
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Plovers (Charadriidae)
Killdeer Charadrius vociferus GL, AP
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Pigeons & Doves (Columbidae)
Band-tailed pigeon Patagioenas fasciata CP
Mourning dove Zenaida macroura CP
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Barn Owls (Tytonidae)
Barn owl Tyto alba GL, CLOW
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Typical Owls (Strigidae)
Great horned owl Bubo virginianus GL, CLOW
Western screech-owl Megascops kennicottii GL, CLOW
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Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)
Anna’s hummingbird Calypte anna RC, CS
Allen’s hummingbird Selasphorus sasin AP
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Woodpeckers & Allies (Picidae)
Red-breasted sapsucker Sphyrapicus ruber CLOW
Nuttall’s woodpecker Picoides nuttallii CLOW
Downy woodpecker Picoides pubescens CLOW
Northern flicker Colaptes auratus CLOW
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Tyrant Flycatchers (Tyrannidae)
Western wood-pewee Contopus sordidulus RC
Pacific slope flycatcher Empidonax difficilis RC
Black phoebe Sayornis nigricans RC
Eastern phoebe Sayornis phoebe RC
Say’s phoebe Sayornis saya GL
Ash-throated flycatcher Myiarchus cinerascens RC
Cassin’s kingbird Tyrannus vociferans GL
Western kingbird Tyrannus verticalis GL
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Vireos (Vireonidae)
Cassin’s vireo Viero cassinii RC
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Jays & Crows (Corvidae)
Stellar’s Jay Cyanocitta stelleri RC
Western scrub-jay Aphelocoma californica CP
American crow Corvus brachyrhynchos CP
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Swallows (Hirundinidae)
Violet-green swallow Tachycineta thalassina CLOW, RC
Cliff swallow Hirundo pyrrhonota AP, RC
Barn swallow Hirundo rustica AP, RC
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Chickadees & Titmice (Paridae)
Chestnut-backed chickadee Poecile rufescens CS, RC, CLOW
Oak titmouse Baeolophus inornatus CS, CLOW
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Bushtits (Aegithalidae)
Bushtit Psaltriparus minimus CLOW, RC
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Wrens (Troglodytidae)
Rock wren Salpinctes obsoletus RO
Bewick’s wren Thryomanes bewickii CS, RC, CLOW
House wren Troglodytes aedon CS, RC, CLOW
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Gnatcatchers (Polioptilidae)
Blue-gray gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea CS
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Kinglets (Regulidae)
Ruby-crowned kinglet Regulus calendula CS, RC
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Thrushes (Turdidae)
Western bluebird Sialia mexicana RC
Hermit thrush Catharus guttatus RC
American robin Turdus migratorius RC, CLOW
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Babblers (Timalidae)
Wrentit Chamaea fasciata CS
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Mockingbirds & Thrashers (Mimidae)
Northern mockingbird Mimus polyglottos AP
California thrasher Toxostoma redivivum CS
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Starlings (Sturnidae)
European starling Sturnus vulgaris AP, CP
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Waxwings (Bombycillidae)
Cedar waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum RC
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Wood-warblers (Parulidae)
Orange-crowned warbler Vermivora celata CLOW
Yellow-rumped warbler Dendroica coronata CLOW
Townsend’s warbler Dendroica townsendi CLOW
Common yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas RC
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Towhees, Sparrows & Juncos (Emberizidae)
Spotted towhee Pipilo maculatus RC, CLOW
California towhee Pipilo crissalis CS, RC, CLOW
Lark sparrow Chondestes grammacus GL
Savannah sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis GL
Song sparrow Melospiza melodia CS, RC, CLOW
White-crowned sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys CP, AP
Golden-crowned sparrow Zonotrichia atricapilla
Dark-eyed junco Junco hyemalis CP
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Tanagers, Grosbeaks & Allies (Cardinaliade)
Western tanager Piranga ludoviciana CLOW
Black-headed grosbeak Pheucticus melanocephalus RC, CLOW
Lazuli bunting Passerina amoena CS
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Blackbirds (Icteridae)
Red-winged blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus CP, AP
Brewer’s blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus AP
Great-tailed grackle Quiscalus mexicanus RC
Brown-headed cowbird Molothrus ater CP
Hooded oriole Icterus cucullatus RC
Bullock’s oriole Icterus bullockii CLOW, RC
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Finches & Allies (Fringillidae)
Purple finch Carpodacus purpureus CP
House finch Carpodacus mexicanus CP
Lesser goldfinch Carduelis psaltria CS, RC, CLOW
American goldfinch Carduelis tristis CS, RC, CLOW
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Old World Sparrows (Passeridae)
European house sparrow Passer domesticus CP

 

For more information about the birds of San Luis Obispo County, visit the Morro Coast Audubon Society webpage.